Keisuke Honda is Japan’s biggest football star and a look at his record shows why. The 32-year-old has played 98 times for his country and appeared at three World Cups, the last of which came in June when he helped the Samurai Blue reach the second round in Russia. He then called time on his international career.
Early this summer, the blond-haired forward looked as if he may hang up his boots altogether after leaving Mexican club Pachuca. After all, Honda, a UN Foundation Global Advocate for Youth, has plenty of other interests, including a string of football academies around the world and a venture capital fund with Hollywood star Will Smith.